For Dania, Saturday is Baking Day. On Saturday, she bakes our bread for the week…20 loaves. It’s good stuff, boy.
bread is made with fresh buttermilk (we have a dairy, remember) or fresh whole
milk when there’s no more buttermilk. She bakes them all on Sunday and
freezes them to be defrosted a few hours before eating. She said there are
a few tricks that make the bread store better and stay softer, but I don’t know
them other that she uses milk instead of water and kneads the life out of the
dough. She’s really a master of bread-making…it’s an obsession of hers,
along (lately) with cheese and yogurt-making.
Today, she took time off from breadmaking and made my favorite Christmas cookies–Mocha Frosted Drops. Her mother used to make them for me when we were dating in high school and I enjoy (way too many) of them every Christmastide. I don’t know how much of my interest in marrying Dania was actually influenced by Christmas cookies. Her mother is the undisputed queen of Christmas baking…and we have all the recipes.